Now that the temporary exemption has ended, drivers are being warned about the conditions now face if they live in Spain.
Licences can still be exchanged after September 15 but British licences will no longer be valid for driving on Spanish roads while an applicant waits for the exchange to be completed.
Speaking to GB News, a DfT spokesperson, said: “We have been supporting British citizens in Spain, and continue to support them, by ensuring they can move to their legally required Spanish licence without having to take an additional driving test.”
UK licence holders who became a resident in Spain after March 15 will have six months from the date they obtained residency to exchange their UK licence.
Hugh Elliott, the British Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, has also been urging motorists to update their details to ensure they can stay on the roads.
The changes will apply to those living in Spain with driving licences from the UK, Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man.
Some motorists have complained that the exchange of a British licence for a Spanish one has taken a long time, with people taking to social media to call on UK and Spanish authorities to address the issue.
Other drivers have highlighted how it is “impossible” to get an appointment to change their licences, and those who have managed to book an appointment are confused about which documents they need to bring.
The GOV.UK website warns that some older drivers in Spain have been experiencing problems when trying to exchange their licence after it has expired.